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peaceful night

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The peaceful night : for SATB choir / Chris Williams ; texts by John Milton, Banjo Paterson, and John Shaw Neilson.

by Chris Williams (2013)

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  • Instrumentation: SATB choir.
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    Performance by Joyful Company of Singers from the CD Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 74.


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This piece uses Australian writers to comment on Milton's iconic poem "The Peaceful Night," about the birth of Jesus Christ.

Advent, in Europe, marks the turning point from mid-winter towards harvest and is a time of hope for re-birth, symbolised in the journey towards summer sun. This, then, creates an interesting conflict of experience in Australia where the difficulties of bush-fire and drought, brought by the Antipodean sun, typifies this same time of year.

"The Peaceful Night" combines Milton's European reflections on the evening when Christ was born, with two Australian texts celebrating the coming of daylight over the sea. All three texts examine the emergence of light from darkness, the coming from night, winter, want, to the birth of sun, daylight and hope

' Beauty is broken about the sky and into the earth below' - Shaw Neilson

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (8p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 3 mins, 30 sec.

First performance by Joyful Company of Singers at Joyful Company of Singers: Figure Humaine (To be confirmed) on 17 Oct 2013

Includes program note.

Texts by John Milton, Banjo Paterson, and John Shaw Neilson.

Winner of the inaugural Joyful Company's Young Composers Competition.

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 9790900974686

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Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 74.
CD: Selected Works by AMC Represented Artists, vol. 74.


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